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Armenian and Near East history educator

Richard G. Hovannisian, Armenian and Near East history educator. certified teacher, California.


Hovannisian, Richard G. was born on November 9, 1932 in Tulare, California, United States. Son of Kaspar and Siroon (Nalbandian) Hovannisian.


Bachelor in History, University California, Berkeley, 1954. Certified in Armenian, College Arménien, Beirut, 1956. Master of Arts in History, University California, Berkeley, 1958.

Doctor of Philosophy in History, University of California at Los Angeles, 1966. Doctorate (honorary), Erevan State University, Armenia, 1994. Doctorate (honorary), Artsakh State University, Armenia, 1997.


Teacher, Fresno (California) City Schools, 1958-1962;lecturer Armenian, University of California at Los Angeles, 1962-1969;professor Armenian and Near Eastern history, University of California at Los Angeles, since 1969;chair modern Armenian history, Armenian Ednl. Foundation, since 1987;associate director General Electric von Grunebaum Center Near Eastern Studies, University of California at Los Angeles, 1979-1995. Associate professor of history Mount St. Mary's College, Los Angeles, 1965-1969.

Advisor California Board Education, Sacramento, 1984-1985, 86-88. Consultant on multicultural education. Lecturer to university and community groups and professional conferences worldwide.

Member United States-Union of the Soviet Socialist Republics commissions American Council Learned Socs., 1985-1991, United States project coordinator for study contemporary ethnic processes in the United States and Union of the Soviet Socialist Republics.


  • Certified teacher, California.



California representative Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, 1978-1994. Board directors Facing History and Ourselves Foundation, International Alert, Foundation for Research on Armenian Architecture, International Institute Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Armenian National Institute, Center for Comparative Genocide Studies, Sydney, Australia, Armenian Center for National and International Studies, Armenia. Fellow Middle East Studies Association (member editorial board), American Association Advancement of Slavic Studies.

Member Armenian Academy of Sciences (academician), American History Association, Society for Armenian Studies (founder, president 1974-1975, 90-92, book review editor journal, member editorial board), Oral History Association, National Association Armenian Studies (honorary), Armenian Educational Foundation (honorary).


Married Vartiter Kotcholosian, March 2, 1957. Children: Raffi, Armen, Ani, Garo.

Kaspar Hovannisian

Siroon (Nalbandian) Hovannisian

Vartiter Kotcholosian

Raffi Hovannisian

Armen Hovannisian

Ani Hovannisian

Garo Hovannisian